The Man Who Thinks He Can

Inspirational Poems - The Man Who Thinks He CanWe’ve all heard how important attitude is in life, particularly, if you’re looking to achieve a degree of success on your journey. I first came across The Man Who Thinks He Can in Napoleon Hill’s fabulous book, Think and Grow Rich and it inspired me (as did the book). It helped me to really understand what attitude is all about.  You see, hearing about attitude isn’t enough. We need to know it and embrace it with every fibre of our being.

More importantly, we need to understand that attitude isn’t just ‘positive thinking’. Far from it. It’s about realising that we have to think about what we want in life as if it’s already happened. We need to think about our goals and our dreams with absolute certainty and expectation, after all, as William Shakespeare said, “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt“.

The truth is, we attract what we think about into our lives and this is the lesson that Walter Wintle’s poem helped me to learn.  See what you think;

If you think you’re beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest or fastest man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!

by Walter D. Wintle

Are You Winning?I believe that each and every one of us comes crammed full of potential. You. Me. Everyone! But it’s the way we think that can release, or entrap, the limitless potential that we’re born with.

Can you see it in Walters’ poem?

The way we think, the questions we ask ourselves and the expectations that we place on ourselves send subliminal instructions to our mind. Instructions that our mind will follow to the letter, irrespective of their nature.

As Mike Dooley says, Thoughts Become Things ……. Choose The Good Ones.

Interestingly, although Walter’s poem’s become known as The Man Who Thinks He Can, when it was first published in 1905  it was called, quite simply, Think.

I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. If so, please share it with your friends …. they’ll thank you for it.

And remember to let me know what you think of Walter’s poem in the comments box, below.

Have a great day,

Steve Bimpson


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